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20 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Katamari Damacy

As the industry becomes more mainstream and the costs of development increase with each new hardware cycle, it seems like game creators are beginning to try to follow proven formulas out of fear of poor returns.

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20 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Guilty Gear X2 #Reload

Despite the common stereotypes of gamers hiding out alone in windowless basements to enjoy their hobby, video games have often been as much of a social endeavor as any other activity.

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7 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Viewtiful Joe

Viewtiful Joe is not unlike the silly Schwarzenegger bomb that was Last Action Hero in its premise. But look deeper, and you'll find that it has a lot more in common with Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo.

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Spider-Man 2

Perhaps, unsurprisingly, the video game, which follows much of the action-oriented plot of the battles between Spider-Man and Dr. Octopus, fails to include this theme of personal and ethical crisis in the narrative.

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Astro Boy: The Omega Factor

Astro Boy as a mythology is apparently a metaphor for race relations, with robots being despised by some humans and championed by others.

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22 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

The X-Files: Resist or Serve

It was certainly the kind of show that openly invited believers and skeptics to tune in and enjoy. And one would think that such a terrific show would be a goldmine of ideas for a video game spin-off, no? Well, yes and no.

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Burnout 3: Takedown

The more cars you wreck, the higher your points and more cars you unlock. That's it. Death and destruction is rewarded, and it's a bloody good time!

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8 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Space Channel 5: Special Edition

It's all very '60s-like in its undying optimistic themes of naiveté through pop tunes and dance.

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8 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Far Cry

Far Cry was designed not just to look good; it actually aspires to beauty. Taking advantage of the technology to display more than the grotesque is a bit of a startling shift for the genre.

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DVision: Contraband

While DVision isn't exactly a news source, it's surely enlightening and brings many political issues to the table.

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26 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Thief: Deadly Shadows

There have always been developers interested in alternatives. Not just to develop alternative genres, such as puzzle games, but alternatives within the mainstream brands identified with excessive gore.

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26 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Sega Bass Fishing Duel

Sega Bass Fishing Duel brings all the thrills of the sometimes laid back, sometimes furious sport of bass fishing right to the PlayStation 2. Plus there's no muss and no fuss.

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True Crime: Streets of LA

Restraint in a lawless world is hard. Cops have to tangle with folks that have total freedom of action every day, and they need to do it the hard way, the frustrating way. They have to follow the rules even though they get to carry a gun.

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11 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Shrek 2

In a market where movie tie-ins are about as common as McDonalds (and, usually, just about as satisfying), it's almost a surprise to see a game that captures the spirit of the original movie well enough to be considered as good as the film.

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11 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

RalliSport Challenge 2

Offering 'rough, rugged, and untamed back roads,' this game brings together extreme and racing sports under the larger virtual project of destruction and mayhem.

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11 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Onimusha 2: Samurai’s Destiny

It's not hard to see where Onimusha's inspiration lies. Maybe you've heard of a little franchise called Resident Evil, or perhaps you've even played the other Capcom franchise known as Devil May Cry.

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11 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

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As technology advances, so does the graphical capability of video game consoles. One look at Ninja Gaiden and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time demonstrates this to even the most stringent detractor. However, realistic graphics doesn't necessitate quality gameplay, and one must also remember the converse.

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28 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Ur-Quan Masters

The thing about playing classic games is that, for most of us, the real appeal is in recapturing a piece of earlier days.

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28 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

It is commonplace within all war games to see an erasure of death, blood, or the violent consequences of smart bombs on humanity. Pandora Tomorrow takes this to a new level by encouraging critical thought and creativity while battling terrorists.

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Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy

This sort of tired and hackneyed plotting and game play is exactly why the B-movie comparison must be made.

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